Audi's carbon fibre skis.
Audi's carbon fibre skis.

Audi's new Audi Carbon Skis benefit from the car maker’s lightweight construction know-how and its design and development process. The skis are currently being developed for series production and may become available as early as this coming winter (2011/2012).

Audi Concept Design has kept the structure of the skis simple – an outer shell of high-strength carbon fibre composite encloses layers of aluminium and titanium, and a wood core. At 1550 g (for a 170 cm ski), each ski will be around 200 g lighter than comparable models.

The first prototypes of the Audi Carbon Ski are now being tested in competition. The skis have also been tested by specialists from sports equipment manufacturer Head and the German Ski Association to help perfect the design.

“Carbon and aluminium are central elements in Audi design – these exclusive materials underscore the outstanding quality of our cars,” says Wolfgang Egger, Head of Design for the Audi Group. “The design of the ski also intentionally dispenses with unnecessary lines and concentrates fully on the material.”